Kyneton Boomerang bags are launched
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Visit Open Edible Gardens -
Sunday 3rd September
Kyneton Transition Hub Open Edible Garden Day is on Sunday 3 September 2016 (one day only) between 10 am and 4 pm at various times.

Eight keen gardeners from Kyneton and surrounds are opening their edible gardens to show others how sustaining and life affirming an edible garden can be. It’s also about learning practical, inexpensive ways of replenishing the soil, water management and methods of weed and pest control using natural, chemical free methods.

Edible gardens give us access to fresh wholesome foods grown for taste not transportation and to achieve low food miles and food security.

You can find out where these gardens are and opening times in a Kyneton Transition Hub brochure or the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival brochure which are available at Aesop’s Attic Bookshop, various shops and the Kyneton Mechanics Institute which is the official information centre for the Festival.

Please note that this Open Edible Garden Day is on one day only Sunday 3 September 2017 (Father’s Day), and not Saturday 2 Sept as advertised in the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival brochure.

The Open Edible Garden Day gives locals a great opportunity to see what others are doing in our community.

The Open Edible gardens will demonstrate edible gardens in progress from vegetables to fruit and nut trees, herbs, companion plants, bird and insect attracting. You will find new ways of improving soil, worm farms, composting, compost tea, wicking beds, Hugelkultur, irrigation and more.  Nea Gyorffy, organiser, says “We want visitors to go away thinking ‘I can do that!’”.

The Community Garden at the Kyneton Secondary College and Malmsbury Primary School garden will demonstrate what the school and community can achieve together. A verge garden in Malmsbury demonstrates how to transform a dry grassy slope into a hardy and attractive edible garden.

More information at; or facebook site. 
Boomerang bags are out and about
Boomerang bags have launched in Kyneton. They are available in Watt's Fresh, Aesop's Attic, Alter Your Health, Squishy Minnie and also Moto Bean in Malmsbury. They've been spotted being used around town so we're happy to know each one is replacing many single-use plastic bags.

This is a great opportunity to thank the many supporters in our community. Kyneton Transition Hub partnered with Kyneton Community and Learning Centre (KCLC) for this project and they have provided a sewing bee venue, storage and lots of other help.

Unwanted materials such as curtains, sheets, doona covers and pieces of fabric are all donated from opportunity shops and individuals. The Uniting Church Op Shop and Kyneton Caring Community have been especially helpful.

Sewing bees are held at BUPA and Ray M Begg Aged Care and both have provided great spaces for our use. The sewing ladies at BUPA have done heaps of sewing for us, with bags of bags ready to pick up each month when we visit.

Kyneton Men's Shed built and installed the special rack at Watt's Fresh, and the Kyneton CWA Twilighters generously covered their costs.

We have had visitors from Windarring and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary School at our sewing bees. The local playgroup has hosted printing sessions with parents and kids all involved in printing our logos. We're currently talking to Kyneton Primary School, Kyneton Secondary College and Lady Brooks Kindergarten as they are all interested in getting involved too.

Watch out for us in the Kyneton Daffodil & Arts Festival Parade on Sunday 10th September. 

Of course, the project is an ongoing one and although we have a bunch of dedicated volunteers we're always looking for new ones. You don't need to be able to sew to get involved as there are lots of other jobs. And we've had a few people join so we can help them learn to sew. The "sewing" bees will continue and all comers are welcome. This includes all ages and all abilities.

We also have volunteers who collect kits of bags already cut out and do their sewing at home. You can collect kits from Kyneton Community & Learning Centre or the produce swap at the farmers' market.

Upcoming sewing bees:
Thursday 17th August – 10 to 12 noon – RM Begg (every third Thursday of the month)
Sunday 20th August – 1 to 4 pm – KCLC (every 3rd Sunday)
Wednesday 30th August – 10 am to 3 pm – KCLC (every last Wednesday)
Thursday 14th September – 1 to 3 pm – BUPA (every second Thursday)

If these days don’t suit please contact the group as sewing bees will be scheduled to suit everyone and further partnerships with schools and other community groups will be welcome.

If you would prefer to help behind the scenes contact us about joining our steering group which meets only as required. This group has a number of roles: encouraging others; liaising with local schools, community groups, shops and businesses; organising fabric donations; promoting this initiative.

For more information find us on Facebook, email or call KCLC on 5422 3433.
If you're using our boomerang bags, remember they belong to the community so please make sure you take them with you to use again or return them to one of the stores.

The important thing is for them to get used many times as each time they take the place of a single-use plastic bag.
Community Produce Swap - this weekend
With our current wintry weather we don't expect to see as many good swaps at the market but we're usually surprised about how much produce comes to light at this time of year. Come along and see what others have and enjoy a chat about gardening or other sustainable issues.

To get involved in the produce swap bring your produce along on the second Saturday of the month to the Kyneton Farmers’ Market or just drop in for a chat about what's going on around Kyneton and especially in our gardens. Don't forget we're happy to swap fruit, vegies, herbs, preserves, eggs, seedlings and even egg cartons.

And this month we'll have boomerang bags on hand for the first time. So come and find out more about them, grab one to do your shopping, purchase a limited edition "bought to support" bag to help us continue, or find out how you can get involved at our sewing bees or by sewing at home.
Community News...
Kyneton Primary School - 
Future community centre?
Most locals have ideas about what they'd like to see done with the "old" primary school when it's vacated early next year. To help capture those ideas, the Kyneton Town Square Reference Group was formed. It is jointly supported by the Forum for Democratic Renewal and Kyneton Transition Hub, but has had input from many other community groups and individuals. 

The Reference Group is collecting ideas under their vision for the old Kyneton Primary School and the surrounding town square to be held in public ownership and be primarily for public use.
As well as inviting many community groups to participate in their monthly meetings, their discussions have also included topics such as heritage listing and the condition of the buildings.

In the latest news, Mary-Anne Thomas MP has announced a $65,000 state government grant to fund consultation and develop a masterplan.  The Council will contribute $25,000 and manage this process. Click here if you wish to check out MRSC's information and sign up for their updates. 

To find out more about the Reference Group you can find them on  Facebook.
Macedon Ranges Sustainability Group - 
"Our Power" film -
Saturday 12th August 2.30 pm
Please join Macedon Ranges Sustainabilty Group (MRSG) and Macedon Ranges Shire Council (MRSC) at the advanced screening of the documentary OUR POWER.

Doors at 2:30pm, screening at 3pm, followed by a discussion with Latrobe Valley community leaders and the filmmakers. 

OUR POWER is a Melbourne-made documentary about the Latrobe Valley community as they bear the brunt of the privatisation of Victoria's electricity in the 1990s and deal with the devastating Hazelwood mine fire of 2014. 

The film exposes the tragic impacts of the 45-day fire, the fundamental issues facing the community today, and their transition to a post-coal world.

By donation; $10 Full / $5 Concession / Kids = Free 

The Woodend Community Centre
Corner of Forest & High Streets, Woodend 

(payable at the door)
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Our Regular Events
Produce Swap - 2nd Saturday of the month, Kyneton Farmers' Market, St Paul's Park, Piper Street - 9 am to 12 noon
Kyneton Community Garden - Tuesday 10 to 11.30 am during school terms, Kyneton Secondary College. Come along to get involved or ask your questions about gardening sustainably in Kyneton.
Coffee and chat - Friday from approximately
10.30 am, Kaddy's Cafe, 8 High Street.
Friday before the Farmers' Market is also our
Core Group Meeting from 11 am.
Garden Gathering - Occasionally on a Sunday afternoon we gather in someone's garden and help them with a slightly larger project or just with some regular chores. Usually 2 to 4 pm followed by afternoon tea. Kids welcome. Contact us for information on the next one, or if you would like to host one.
Boomerang Bag Sewing Bees - 2nd Thursday of the month, 1 to 3 pm, BUPA; 3rd Thursday, 10 am to 12 noon, RM Begg; 3rd Sunday, 1 to 4 pm, KCLC; last Wednesday 10 am to 3 pm, KCLC. No experience necessary. Lots of fun jobs. Contact us for details.
Kyneton Community Lunch - Wednesday 12.30 pm during school terms, Kyneton Mechanics Institute (organised by Kyneton Community & Learning Centre). $5 donation

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